Methods of Extension Installation

Methods of Extension Installation

Hair Extensions Attachment Methods and Types

Hair extensions are a wonderful way of providing instant length, fullness, and shine to your own hair. The first thing you must consider before delving into extensions is if your hair is healthy enough to be able to support the hair extensions. If your hair is dry, brittle, or breaking, your hair will definitely not fare well with handling the additional stress imposed on your hair by Hair Extensions, no matter what some of these Hair Extension companies say. So, please be honest with yourself, and take the proper steps to get your hair back to health before you pursue this further. You will save yourself a lot of grief , and hair loss, and will thank me later!

Before confusing yourself comparing all the Hair Extension systems that are on the market, just be aware that all Hair Extensions can generally can be classified in two categories , by their attachment method, and by hair type. From there they can be broken down even further by type of material used. Within the materials used category, all systems are basically the same, some claim they use superior hair, others say they have superior advantages, but only a few systems may offer some truly unique capabilities.

The method of attachments: Strand by Strand, Weft, and Clip on

Strand by Strand

Small sectional pieces of hair are attached one by one to small sections of your own hair by using bonding (warm or cold), clamping, shrink tubing, micro tubes. Weaving or glue were and still are practiced but are older inferior methods of practice. These methods provide too much risk to your hair and will not be mentioned here.

Cold Fusion – Basically identical to Warm Fusion but the keratin bond is not warmed, but rather ultrasonic waves melt the Keratin to form the bond during installation. Cold Fusion as with Warm Fusion, bonds are removed with a special solvent, and tool.


Safest of all the extension materials
Lightest of all extensions
Safest and Healthiest for the hair

Keratin tipped Fusion Extension
virtually undetectable.
Longest lasting method 3-6 months +
New inventive installation technique


Most costly of all methods
Virtually the same as Warm Fusion but for greater cost
Time intensive installation

Warm Fusion – A small amount of Keratin, or other organic material is pre-attached or utilized on the ends of a strand. The extension strands are then attached to small sections of your hair near the scalp by warming the Keratin and forming a small bond to your hair. The site of attachment is so, that the extensions can move naturally with your own hair. These extensions last 3 – 6 months or more, and should be removed or redone at that time.


Same as Cold Fusion except for the installation technique
A few systems are re-useable


Most costly of all methods with the exception of Cold Fusion.
Time intensive installation

Links, Microlinks, Beads, Tubes, Rings, or Locks – Strand to Strand technique where the extension hair strand and your hair is put through a small tube which is then squeezed shut with a special tool in order to attach the extension to your hair.

Micro-Link Extension method

Less expensive than Fusion techniques
slightly less time consuming installation compared to the Fusion method.
Micro-beads can be moved up when they slip down the hair shaft.
Longer lasting method than Weft systems.


Heavier and more readily seen when compared to the other Fusion methods.
M-Links\ tubes are hard metallic materials and can be uncomfortable against the scalp for some especially when lying down.
Micro Links frequently slip down the hair shaft and need constant readjustment.
M-Links contain grooves similar to a screw, and this can cause friction which can damage the hair shaft, when Mlinks are clamped together.

Scalp attached extensions – The Extension is a skin replica. An air tight, water tight seal is created allowing 5-8 weeks of attachment. “Skin” base is adhered directly to your scalp by the use of an medical grade adhesive. Note that this method is just being mentioned because it is a hybrid of the Strand by Strand method.

Flat-Taped Weft Extensions

Weft Hair Extensions

A weft is a track several inches long on which the hair is attached (a swathe of hair is attached together at the top and freely hanging at the bottom). A weft can be man-made or created by machine. The extensions are then applied by using one row (track) at the time instead of strand by strand. Methods of attachment of Wefts consists of Micro Rings, Tape, Glue , and sewing to your hair.

Micro-Rings – A weft is located on a divided section of the client’s hair. Two strands (one from the scalp and another from the weft) are joined and pulled through a micro ring, which is then flattened. This way the weft is attached by fitting together several strands both from the weft and the scalp.

Taped Hair extensions – also called skin weft, is a relatively newer technique. Hair is held together by double transparent sided polyurethane tape. One piece of the tape is torn off and the weft is applied the scalp. The weft and the attached hair is pulled upwards and another weft is attached underneath. That way the client’s hair section is surrounded by two wefts.

Glued Hair Weft Extensions – Glue It is simply applied to the sewed part of the weft and then fitted on the client’s hair.

Sewed in or Braided Wefts- client’s hair is braided, making either one spiral cornrow, which covers the whole head, or several straight ones which match the layering. After this has been done, the wefts are sewn into these cornrows


Installation time is much faster than the Strand by Strand method.
Weft Attachment methods consist of sewing to original hair, taping, beads, clips etc.
Less costly than Strand by Strand
Installation time is much faster than any Strand by Strand technique

Braided Weft


Stress Hair much more than Strand extensions. Significant more weight per hair than Strand method
Weft extensions utilizing Tape creates excessive residue, and makes it difficult to remove extensions without pulling out some of your own hair. (some tape brands claim to limit residue)
Some people have allergic reactions to the tape adhesive used.
Glue and braids are pretty much old-school applications, and these applications as we have experienced can cause the most damage to your hair.
Weft Hair extensions are more visible to the human eye compared to Strand by Strand some tpes show less than others.
Maintenance intensive, needs readjustments.

Clip on Extensions – are the shortest term temporary solution in which you use on a day to day basis, and remove them before retiring for the evening. Some clip on extensions come with Remy Hair.

Hair types:

Remy hair is considered the best hair available since it’s structure resembles real hair with the cuticle intact, and flowing in the same direction. Other non-Remy Hair types are processed with silicon and the cutlicle is removed. This treated hair has tendency of tangling, drying out, matting, and oxidizing much quicker. With other hair you will never approach the natural looks you get with Remy hair. Finally there is synthetic hair. Technology is ever improving the quality of synthetic hair, but as of this day Synthetic hair still does not come close to the looks and feel of real hair, blending of the hair is a real issue with Synthetic hair. So for a bit more money your extensions will look better last longer and require less maintenance if you use Remy hair.

Don’t skimp on the Consultation:

If you are interested in getting Hair extensions, recommended practice would be to check your local Salons and see what attachment methods they specialize in. Hair Extensions as mentioned previously may not be the timely solution for everyone, so an anticipated Hair Extension appointment should start with a thorough consultation. If your Stylist is pressuring you in getting started right away without giving you a detailed consultation encompassing your Hair’s Health, your Expectations, Maintenance and upkeep required, and other factors surrounding Hair Extensions, then it might be time to start to look for another Salon. Remember the consultation is an opportunity for you to interview your Stylist and gain trust before you have work done, so ask away!

Winter Hair Tips

Winter Hair Tips

1. No More Wet Hair

In winter, dry your hair before you leave the house! It really pays to get up half an hour earlier to blow dry your hair, or a couple hours to let your hair air dry. Of course, the time will depend on the length and thickness of your hair. And it’ll definitely be worth it to avoid the sneeze and snot fits you’ll have for days after. (I realize that the whole world isn’t an icebox during winter. If you can take a dip in the pool at this very moment, you can safely disregard this information.)

2. Protective Styles

Try wearing styles that don’t need much maintenance. You might be tempted to run your fingers through your hair and comb your hair throughout the day. Leave your hair alone! The extra manipulation can cause an increase in shedding as well as those annoying split ends. Styles like the top knot and fishtail braid will keep you from being tempted to finger-comb.

3. Hot Oil Treatments

Grab a single-use bottle at the beauty supply store, or grab some Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the cupboard. It will help heal your hair from daily wear and tear. Apply directly to damp hair, and put on a plastic cap and/or a hot towel. Hello, hair repair!

4. Deep Condition

Add some oils to your favorite conditioner, or purchase a dedicated hair treatment. Restore your hair of the nutrients that it loses in brisk temperatures. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and let your hair be pampered.

Please share your best winter hair care tips. I would love to hear your ideas, in the event that a friend wants some advice, or if I’m on assignment again!

I Love My Hair

I Love My Hair

– Resilience –

Perfectly patterned particles
push perpetually,
emerging: emancipated, elated,
Pushing proudly
up through layers upon layers of denial.
Past denaturing chemicals
and excessive heat;
curls emerge: triumphant.
Blatant refusal
to be ignored.
Blatant defiance of standards.
Despite countless chemicals
and incessant heat curls return:
a complexly simple statement
and reminder
of identity and culture.
Our hair is
as our land is
as we are:

Sometimes peopl…

“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.”

Healthy Hair Food

Healthy Hair Food


As hair is made of protein, ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is crucial for making hair strong and healthy. If you are not consuming enough protein in your diet, your hair is likely to become dry, brittle and weak. Extremely low protein diets may result in hair loss. Choose chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products and eggs as excellent sources of protein along with vegetarian sources such as legumes and nuts.

– IRON –
Iron is an especially important mineral for hair and too little iron (anaemia) is a major cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient rich blood supply. When iron levels (serum ferritin) fall below a certain point, you may experience anaemia. This disrupts the nutrient supply to the follicle, affecting the hair growth cycle and may result in shedding. Animal products such as red meat, chicken and fish provide iron with a high bioavailability, meaning the iron is readily available to the body. Vegetarians can raise their iron stores by including lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens.

Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron so foods high in vitamin C are good to eat in conjunction with iron-rich foods. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant so is used readily by the body. The best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts.

– OMEGA 3 –
Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats our body cannot make itself, and therefore must be obtained through our diet. Omega-3s are found in the cells that line the scalp and also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Look out for oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel and plant sources including avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

Vitamin A is needed by the body to make sebum. Sebum is an oily substance created by our hairs sebaceous glands and provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Without sebum we may experience an itchy scalp and dry hair. Include animal products and orange/yellow coloured vegetables which are high in beta-carotene (which makes vitamin A) such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.

Scalp protection involves other important minerals, notably zinc and selenium. A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss and a dry, flaky scalp. Fortified cereals and wholegrains are a good source of zinc along with oysters, beef and eggs.

The sun can damage our hair just like it can damage our skin so ensure you eat foods rich in vitamin E to provide protection for your hair. Nuts are nutritional powerhouses, providing zinc and selenium as well as vitamin E so try to include them as part of a balanced diet.

Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss. Include biotin rich foods such as wholegrains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast.

Make your own hair mask for a deep, nourishing treatment every two weeks. Whisk an egg yolk and mix with half a mashed avocado and a spoonful of honey. Massage onto damp, clean hair and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.



I’ve tried so many different products just for my edges, I stumbled upon this slick product conveniently named “Edge-Tamer”. Believe me, it does JUST that! By far my favorite product to lay down my edges.

Gives a lasting hold. Non-greasy. Flake-free. Available in 4 oz. size.

Creates a silky-smooth touchable texture.
Helps prevent ends from reverting.

Apply a small amount along hairline. Using slight pressure, repetitively smooth down hair onto scalp using fingertips and/or a comb until hair is silky straight. For a stronger hold, apply more product as needed. NOTE: The next morning, hair can be safely combed or brushed back down into place without breaking off.

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5 Minute Hair

5 Minute Hair

Have you ever been in a hurry, running towards your door … but before you reach the door you see your reflection in the mirror and say “I cant go out with my hair looking like this”. Try this easy 5 minute quick hair-do :

Wrap a head scarf around a bun. The best part about this accessory is that you already have it. Any silk or cotton scarf with a pretty floral pattern will do for the warmer seasons, but go for a softer hue and subtle pattern for fall.

Tie your hair into a ponytail and tease one-inch sections until all your hair is teased. Then, wrap your hair around the elastic, pinning it into a large bun.

For the final step, wrap the headscarf around the bun and tie it into a large side knot, which Dizon says will make the look more finished and polished.